When we communicate mindfully we consciously choose an attitude of compassionate presence. To communicate mindfully means, we authentically express what is true for us and at the same time strengthen the connection that is needed for successful communication. Mindful communication is based on Nonviolent Communication according to Marshall Rosenberg and the mindfulness practice as it has evolved frm buddhism.
Important components of mindful communication are:
Presence - The ability to discern the perception of any given situation from it's interpretation; to be aware of our own thinking process; to notice our physical sensations and our emotional reactions. All these precious informations are only available when we are present with them and ready to accept what is.
Compassionate Empathy - The willingness and ability to understand and feel the inner experience of the other AS IF it was our own and the motivation to do something about it if the other person is suffering.
(Self-) Responsibility - Many things in life seem to happen beyond our control. What we can control though is our approach to those things. Self-responsibility means to consciously make use of this power which is the key to inner freedom and development.
Self-Compassion - True confidence is based on a kind and accepting attitude towards one's own feelings and sensations.
Empathic Listening - "When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good!" Carl Rogers, one of the founders of Humanistic Psychology
Clear, Honest Self-Expression - The ability to communicate our concerns and requests with all due intensity while fully respecting the other persons freedom or sovereignty.
Win-win-win - Mindful communication considers the needs of everybody involved as well as the needs of the community and the greater whole.